Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Bishop deals with sexual allegations from local teen
News 14 ^ | 25 Sep 10

Posted on 09/26/2010 6:12:27 AM PDT by Gamecock

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A member of New Birth Charlotte filed a lawsuit against prominent pastor Bishop Eddie Long, accusing him of coercing a teenager into a sexual relationship.

New Birth Charlotte in Huntersville is a satellite church of Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. The lawsuit claims the bishop took the teen to Kenya in 2005 and engaged in sexual activities. Bishop Long then allegedly encouraged the teen to move to Atlanta, where the activity continued until last year.

We talked to the lawyer who filed the suit on Friday.

“This young man was shining the light on a apparently what is huge, huge, horrible wave of abuse and an opportunity for others to get out of the grips of the Bishop,” said Attorney BJ Bernstein.

Three other men filed a lawsuit against Long, saying he used his spiritual authority to seduce them. A spokesman for Long said the preacher denies all the allegations.


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: abuse; teen

1 posted on 09/26/2010 6:12:29 AM PDT by Gamecock
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Gamecock

The “Bishop” needs to go to prison and learn first hand what sex abuse is really all about.


2 posted on 09/26/2010 6:13:36 AM PDT by Gamecock ( Christianity is not the movement from vice to virtue, but from virtue to Grace.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock
According to this report, Obama used Bishop Long's jet when he was campaigning for President. Can you imagine the headlines if this guy was a Palin supporter.
3 posted on 09/26/2010 6:35:27 AM PDT by Krankor (Don't you see, no matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Krankor

Careful, careful now you are breaking the rules. The rule is it is okay to bash, slam and snarl at Palin, but you need to be kind, sweet and nice to Obama..otherwise you are a racist.


4 posted on 09/26/2010 6:37:58 AM PDT by rovenstinez (,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock
The “Bishop” needs to go to prison...

Someone posted on an earlier thread that in GA. the age of consent is 16.

It sure looks like there's something to these accusations, since there are at least 4 of them now. I hope the Elders are real Christians and throw the bum out if the accusations are true.

5 posted on 09/26/2010 6:40:20 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock

If the church just allowed these men to marry . . . . /s


6 posted on 09/26/2010 6:43:10 AM PDT by Oratam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Krankor

No.

They are pretty shocking as it is.


7 posted on 09/26/2010 6:43:12 AM PDT by Global2010
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock

In case it’s not obvious from this article, this “bishop” is not a Catholic bishop.


8 posted on 09/26/2010 7:00:11 AM PDT by Antoninus (It's long past time for conservatives to stop voting for Republican liberals. Enough!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock

“The “Bishop” needs to go to prison and learn first hand what sex abuse is really all about.”

Just as soon as he’s found guilty of any wrong doing, I agree with you. But he should step down temporarily, effective immediately.


9 posted on 09/26/2010 7:18:27 AM PDT by Grunthor (Tax cuts for the poor! If the poor can keep more money they may start hiring again!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: wmfights

Hope? Not a chance in hell.This so called church is nothing more than a socialist recruiting tool.The rat running for governor was to speak at this “church” until these allegations came to light.Ole KING ROY will not speak at the “church” now.


10 posted on 09/26/2010 7:31:42 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Krankor

I posted that connection a few days ago:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2594457/posts?page=12#12

... with a link to the FR thread — where Candidate Obama stated:

“The Las Vegas dream is the American dream for our people,” said Sen. Barack Obama, (D) presidential candidate.


11 posted on 09/26/2010 7:36:16 AM PDT by OwenKellogg (Don't Tread on Me)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: OwenKellogg

Very good.


12 posted on 09/26/2010 7:38:39 AM PDT by Krankor (Don't you see, no matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock

If only Baptist preachers could marry, this wouldn’t happen.


13 posted on 09/26/2010 7:39:25 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oratam

You beat me to it!


14 posted on 09/26/2010 7:40:34 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock

Have you noticed that of all the video of Bishop Long, the media uses one with Pres. Geo. Bush in the lower right scene behind the pulpit.

Coincidence?? /s


15 posted on 09/26/2010 7:50:25 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: imahawk
Not a chance in hell.

Assuming the allegations are true there is no way a Christian church keeps the pastor. Time will tell what this assembly is a political gathering place, or a Christian Church.

16 posted on 09/26/2010 10:34:06 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock

The bible says we’re not to entertain accusations against elders except on the testimony of how many witnesses?

And why does it say that?


17 posted on 09/26/2010 10:39:20 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wmfights

We have been hearing about this for some time and the news media here has kept a lid on it.The gene is out of the bottle now and they cant stop it.King ROY is distancing himself from this church now when before he was trying to get their vote.


18 posted on 09/26/2010 10:40:56 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: xzins

Ummm, 2-3, right?

What are we up to now? 4?


19 posted on 09/26/2010 2:08:27 PM PDT by Gamecock ( Christianity is not the movement from vice to virtue, but from virtue to Grace.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock
Well he won't go to prison because he did not commit any crime. These young men were not underage when they allegedly "engaged" in these relationships. If true, then this pastor should certainly be disciplined but by his own congregation. The legal authorities have already declined to press charges since no "child" abuse has been claimed.

Now, I do wonder why these young men are suing since it certainly sounds like they reaped plenty of goodies from their involvement (trips, cars, nice hotels, good eats, etc.). I'll be curious to see if any judge will even let the lawsuits proceed seeing as how nobody is claiming illegally forced actions. I can't help but think they might be seeing dollar signs based upon the Catholic Church's clerical abuse lawsuits. Greed is in play, I'm sure.

Where there's smoke, there's fire so my opinion is this guy is a big hypocrite and God is proving once again, "Be sure your sins will find you out.".

20 posted on 09/26/2010 4:18:12 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to him.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Gamecock

There were a number of complainants against Jesus but no witnesses.


21 posted on 09/27/2010 12:37:58 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: xzins; Gamecock
I think most FReepers have said if true about the accusations and resulting action that should be taken.

It's an interesting comparison with RC's because in this case there has been an outcry from Evangelicals to get the facts straight and if true to take action. Whereas all we see from RC's is defend, obfuscate, and cry bigotry when it's one of their clergy.

22 posted on 09/27/2010 7:16:15 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: wmfights; Gamecock

My only concern in this case is that this pastor has built such a huge program that there could be any number of folks who’ve put a target on his back.

Accusations don’t equal evidence. I’m waiting to see the evidence.

Multiple accusations are troubling, but all they show is a potential pattern.

Bring on Monica’s blue dress.


23 posted on 09/27/2010 7:33:11 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: xzins

There was a newsclip on Fox showing this guy denying the accusations in church, and the show of support for him, applause, cheers, etc. was massive.


24 posted on 09/27/2010 7:39:32 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Judith Anne

They either have evidence or they don’t. I imagine there will be a trial. If there isn’t, that could indicate the accusers were simply looking for a settlement.

If the pastor settles out of court, then I’d probably consider him guilty, given the pattern of accusations.

His only alternative it to both fight and to demand evidence.


25 posted on 09/27/2010 8:00:33 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: xzins; Gamecock
My only concern in this case is that this pastor has built such a huge program that there could be any number of folks who’ve put a target on his back.

I think it's a legitimate concern.

Multiple accusations are troubling, but all they show is a potential pattern.

You're right. I believe in GA. the age of consent is 16 and so far all the accusers are over 16, so state law enforcement are not going to be investigating. However, the Elders of the church should already be investigating. We will see.

26 posted on 09/27/2010 8:08:32 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: xzins; wmfights; Gamecock
Pastor Earl Paulk was Eddie Long's Mentor

27 posted on 09/27/2010 8:15:42 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: UriĀ’el-2012

That certainly doesn’t help.

We shouldn’t be ignorant, but we shouldn’t convict only on the word of accusers. There should be evidence offered.

The bible doesn’t have the innocent under proven guilty standard explicitly stated, but it does say guilt shouldn’t be determined except on the testimony of 2 or more witnesses. So far we have accusers, but no witnesses.


28 posted on 09/27/2010 11:49:16 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: xzins
After the revelation of the fourth lawsuit, Roland Martin(CNN) stated: "for the sake of the church, Long and his family, he needs to remove himself from the pulpit as the leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in order for the issue to be resolved to its conclusion".[32]

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Barnes canceled a fundraiser that Long had been scheduled to co-host.[27]

Kenneth Samuel, who was pastor of New Birth before Long took the helm, said "whether it's true or not, the church has an issue of duplicity, hypocrisy and denial in terms of sexuality that the church has to deal with" and "unfortunatley, I think Bishop Long is emblematic of a culture ... that causes pastor and parishioners to preach and testify one thing and practice something else."[34]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_L._Long


29 posted on 09/27/2010 12:09:47 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: UriĀ’el-2012

If you were innocent, would you step down?

If you were guilty, would you step down?


30 posted on 09/27/2010 12:12:47 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: xzins
If you were innocent, would you step down?

If you were guilty, would you step down?

Don't you think the Elders should make that decision ?

There should always be a board of accountability.


31 posted on 09/27/2010 12:17:31 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: UriĀ’el-2012

When you step down, or get stepped down, no matter what you say, it is interpreted as: “He’s guilty.”

So, an innocent man and a guilty man both have the same reason for not stepping down. The 2nd is a liar, of course, but that fact doesn’t help you figure out whether he’s guilty or not.


32 posted on 09/27/2010 12:48:16 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson